Friday, November 23, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
People come, people go - I saw it all - I am still here...
I don't hate, I don't love, I am just here. Quiet, beautiful, fruitful - and I will be here when they all are long gone...
Definition of PEACE (n. L. pax, paco, to appease, to agree)
A state of tranquility or quiet
Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
Harmony in personal relations
A state or period of mutual concord between governments
A pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
The absence of war or other hostilities
An agreement or a treaty to end hostilities
Freedom from quarrels and disagreement
Public security and order
Freedom from war with a foreign nation
Freedom from internal commotion or civil war
Freedom from private quarrels, suits or disturbance
Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety or the like
Monday, November 19, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
" I look where it is good. I know about the bad, but I look at the good thing."
My friend Aiva sent me a link this morning. I am fascinated with it. I learned from it. I am listening to it real good. It contents meanings and wisdom gathered from a long life with certain great difficulties, that put my proportions in order - " it is not so terrible" - set them right, till I forget again and need another reminder to regulate them. When life acts out a bit on us and we are in danger of feeling sorrow of ourselves, of loosing our "good haze" and falling into haze of uncertainty and fear, it is always helpful to have someone to lead us back to the good things - because there are plenty of them. And even if life deals us really bad cards, this woman's experience and spiritual guidance may give us a helpful insight, a more optimistic outlook, and tools to survive.
"I learned to be thankful for everything
for not being hungry
for being in a good haze
of course of course
seeing the sun
seeing the smile of a good person
hearing a nice word of somebody
a nice word of somebody...
Everything is a present - everything - this I learned, to be thankful for everything."
Maybe this will cause you too to think matters over and after the cry arrive at a smile.
Monday, November 5, 2012
all day long, pleasing us during our long drive through the Negev, preserving its pretty hue till late afternoon and returning it the next morning to the horizon. The chosen desert lodge (Chavat Nachal Boker, near Sde Boker) was waiting for us in the midday sun, its few tracks nothing but stony paths, covered with sand, surrounded by a small garden, with plants not minding the daily hot and nightly cold climate of the dry acrid region, but thriving anyway.
Mornings in the desert are always gorgeous, the air fresh and scented. Birds awakening early.
Being more adventurous a tent could have been rented in an adjoining lodge, with shared bathroom facilities outside.
A pretty handmade set of a table and chairs waiting for a healthy breakfast being served!
The stone wall.
It contents red, green and yellow clay, the colors generated by different minerals in the rock, by water seeping through it, and by erosion. It is an amazing sight and worth a stop to investigate. After ten more minutes of driving the khan can be seen.
We parked the car and walked the short distance to the spring passing the caravansary on our left.
During a visit many many (maybe twenty) years ago, we spotted onagers at the spring, the untamable wild Asian ass. I was hoping to see them again, but we had no luck. Just to show you: this one we spotted in April 2010 in the Negev, beside the trail to Borot Lotz.
The oasis of Ein Sahoranim is truly beautiful with rich desert vegetation and many puddles of water, even now at the end of the dry season. Our walk was short but full of images, the blue sky, the dark green and spiky plants, the colored rocks and many stones. The warm air was scented from the bushes and full of quiet noises, the rustle of the reeds, the gurgle of the water, the buzz of the insects...
I am happy - and I am thankful for such a wonderful weekend! It went right into my memory storage and I will dig it out whenever I want it or need it!
Bedouine camels flanking the road on our way home.
Photos taken by my husband Uri Eshkar.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Helmonit zeira - חלמונית זעירה
Two kinds of Sternbergia grow wild in Israel - this one (it is more rare) and Sternbergia clusiana (חלמונית גדולה), which has rounder flower petals and is more common.
The yellow color of both varieties is just that, strong opaque sun yellow without any texture - very beautiful! They start blooming in late September and stay to please us till the end of November - autumn flowers!